APRIL 10, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Shakespeare's play, known for its portrayal of greed, also opens questions about how we should relate to money--and leaves them open for us to ponder.
MARCH 27, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Country music sounds like music written by a culture that is dying for change, celebrating when it finds it, and grieving when it cannot.
MARCH 13, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Glamour and luxury can drive people to misery. Dorothy Parker shows us how they can bring pleasure, even to people who will never be wealthy.
Hardly anyone reads Longfellow anymore, but maybe we should
FEBRUARY 27, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
When lives and property are held at "his Majesty's pleasure," the blacksmith is always right. Injustice prevails, backed up by might. And Evangeline will always wander, looking for a home.
FEBRUARY 13, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Romance novels can show the positive literary representations of work, innovation, entrepreneurship, and the bourgeois virtues thought to be scarce.
JANUARY 30, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
What it means to be privileged--and who holds the privilege--changes with the context.
JANUARY 16, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Love is mysterious. But the economic way of thinking can cut through some of love's illusions and help us sort out real incentives and costs.
DECEMBER 12, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Rona Jaffe could have told a compelling story about the working lives of women in the 1950s. Instead, she talks about everything else they do.
DECEMBER 02, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Emile Zola vividly illustrates the pleasures and perils of shopping, particularly the power of well-displayed merchandise to stir up longing and desire. Despite the usual bromides of the Christmas shopping season, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.